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On 05/23/2012 11:00 AM in NBA


Lebron James scored 30 points and Dwayne Wade added 28 as the Miami Heat destroyed the Indiana Pacers 115-83 at the American Airliens Center to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. James shot 12/19 (63%) overall, collected 10 rebounds and dished out 8 assists, 2 shy of a triple double. Wade connected on 10/17 (59%) from the floor despite making only 7/13 (54%) from the free throw line. Shane Battier finally made his presence felt and contributed 13 points for the Heat, who shot 61% overall including 9/16 (56%) from 3 point range. They converted 20/29 (69%) from the charity stripe and outrebounded the Pacers 49-35 committing most of their 14 turnovers in extensive garbage time. Paul George led Indiana with just 11 points while Danny Granger and David West each managed only 10. Indiana trailed most of the way and could not find much rhythm offensively, especially in the second half where they were outscored 66-43. They made just 33% of their shots from the floor including a dismal 6/21 (29%) from beyond the arc. They also recorded just 15 assists despite committing only 9 turnovers. Miami, which had gotten into quick deficits in each of the first four games, was the team that started hot in Game 5, running out to a 19-8 lead on the strength of three 3-pointers from Battier -- who had been 2 for 19 from the field in the first four games of the series. Battier left his mark in many ways, even stopping a 3-on-1 Indiana break to set up a score by Wade at the other end. The Pacers made Wade see blood early on, a couple of early flagrant fouls reminding everyone that these teams don't seem to like each other much. Tyler Hansborough struck first, hitting Wade on a play where the 2006 NBA Finals MVP wound up with a cut over his right eye, similar to what Udonis Haslem received at Indiana in Game 4. So Haslem retaliated against Hansbrough not long afterward, earning a flagrant-1 foul that left the Pacers saying it should merit a flagrant-2 and automatic ejection. Even after facing the big deficit, Indiana even had two shots to tie or take the lead late in the first half, the second of those a 3-point try from Granger with 3:03 remaining. Granger landed on James' foot after the shot, spraining his left ankle and leaving the game. The Heat outscored Indiana 8-2 the rest of the half, with James -- who had been guarded by Granger for much of the series -- scoring seven of them and giving Miami a 49-40 halftime edge. When Granger left, it was 56-45. By the end of the quarter, Miami's lead was 76-57, and the Pacers were down another starting forward as well. West left at the end of the period and also headed to the locker room, diagnosed shortly afterward with a sprained left knee. The Heat showed no mercy in the 4th quarter and opened the margin to as much as 38 with 2:00 to play, outscoring the Pacers 39-26 in the final frame. Miami will look to close thigns out tomorrow evening back at Conseco Fieldhouse for game 6.

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